2010 L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
*Cellar Sellection* L’Ecole’s Columbia Valley Cabernet is again 100% varietal; the blending magic comes from a mix of excellent vineyards. This is a classy, classic wine, with pinpoint structure and spot-on varietal character. The compact palate is packed with details, and though it’s drinking well, it is clearly a wine to cellar for a while longer. Notes of clean earth, clover, herb and light chocolate add depth to a core of black cherry and cassis.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, dark red-ruby. Perfumed aromas of cassis, licorice and sweet oak are lifted by a violet note. Juicy, shapely and pure, with lovely restrained sweetness and excellent cut to the blackberry and currant fruit flavors. Finishes with fine-grained chocolatey tannins, good energy and lovely verve. Sophisticated, lively cabernet with aging potential.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that comes from a variety of vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley spent 22 months in 33% new oak barrels prior to bottling. A rock solid Cabernet, with plenty of black currant, forest floor, herbs and background meatiness, it flows onto the palate with a medium-bodied, moderately concentrated, yet balanced and highly drinkable profile that-s hard to resist. It represents solid value for the quality and will evolve gracefully over the coming 6-7 years. Drink now-2020. One of the oldest producers in the Walla Walla Valley, with over three decades of history, L-Ecole 41 has been run by Megan and Marty Clubb since 1989. A relatively large producer, they have distribution throughout the US and produce a solid lineup of both value priced wines and top tier efforts.
L'Ecole's original, colorful child's watercolor label has all grown up into a sepia-toned version of staid respectability. But so has this Walla Walla wine region pioneer, now a 35,000 case winery. This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from proven vineyards with an average vine age of over 20 years.